Most of us know that politicians meet in the Chamber for
question period, but what else goes on in the building? Actually, hundreds
of people work year-round in the Legislature Building. Cabinet ministers discuss policy in Executive Council chambers and answer calls and letters from
the public. All Members of the Legislative Assembly have offices in the
building or Annex where they meet with their constituents, study issues, and
work with other MLAs.
Under the Speaker's direction, the Legislative Assembly
Office provides important services to MLAs to help them fulfill their
duties. The Legislature Library, one of Canada's best parliamentary
libraries, has an extensive collection for both MLAs and the public.
Hansard staff produce the official record of Assembly debates, which is
available to all of us within hours of the debates themselves. In
addition, specialists in parliamentary procedure, security, administration,
computers, and personnel provide invaluable help to MLAs, as do the MLAs' own
researchers and office staff.